SA unemployment 'is a crisis'

2012-05-27 14:32
Pretoria - Unemployment in South Africa is a ticking time bomb and unemployed South Africans are likely to fight for jobs like the youth in Egypt and Tunisia, Young Communist League secretary Buti Manamela on Saturday.

"The need for jobs is more urgent and government must attend to all of these," Manamela said addressing hundreds of YCL members in Seshego, Limpopo, during the league's anniversary celebrations.

"We believe that the crisis of unemployment is a ticking time bomb and if we are not careful in dealing with it - we will see another Egypt and Tunisia."

He said lack of jobs had resulted in many young people losing their dignity because they can't provide for their families.

Last year, youths in Egypt and Tunisia revolted against their governments demanding for jobs.

Manamela said that a majority of people in the country are living in abject poverty and an integrated strategy must be devised to reverse the situation.

He called on members of the league to use their anniversary to champion the fight against the tendency in the country that pushed young people to depend on tenders.

Manamela said the municipality was allowing itself to be used by political factions who are against the YCL's existence in the province.
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